This doesn't have anything to do with stitching or Japan, but I thought it was interesting, so I'm sharing it.
Prince Henrik, 83, of Denmark, announced that he is not happy that his wife, the Queen, never made him the King and as a result he does not want to be buried next to her. The Queen has accepted his decision. Queen Margrethe, 77, is to be interred in Roskilde Cathedral. I don't know where her husband will be buried.
In Denmark, a princess who marries a king or crown prince becomes queen when her husband takes the throne. Henrik married Queen Margrethe (then crown princess) in 1967. He was later named prince consort, although he made it known that he wanted to be named king consort. He was born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat, but changed his name to Henrik, converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, and renounced his French citizenship when he married. The couple has two children. Last year he retired and renounced his title of prince consort. He has spent much time since then at his private vineyard in France, although they are still married and offically still live together.
I guess this unhappiness about his title has been going on for 50 years. I'm kind of embarrassed for him, announcing publicly at age 83 that he doesn't want to be buried next to his wife. I'm a little sad for him, going through life being so unhappy that he was a prince and not a king. Maybe there are other issues too. Is he any happier now that he has retired, moved to France, and made this announcement? I don't know.
Life is short. I want to focus on making myself happy and not stewing over things I can't change.